Luke Donald is trying to become the first Englishman to win the U.S. Open in 43 years (Tony Jacklin, 1970). Nick Faldo, who lost to Curtis Strange in a playoff in 1988, has come the closest since then. (Kinnaird/Getty Images)
Phil Mickelson, -1, 54-hole leader
- Mickelson is trying to become the first left-hander to win the U.S. Open. He's finished second five times. Left-hander Bubba Watson came close in 2007 at Oakmont when he tied for fifth.
- If Mickelson wins, it would be just his second multi-win season since 2009. Since his 2008 win at the Crowne Plaza Invitational, Mickelson has won an official event just once after May 25th (his win at the 2009 TOUR Championship).
Hunter Mahan, even
- Mahan (currently T2) had second and third round 69s, making him the only player with back-to-back rounds in the 60s this week
- Mahan is making his 30th major championship start, with a T6 at the 2007 British Open and 2009 U.S. Open his best finishes.
Charl Schwartzel, even
- Schwartzel and Mickelson are the only players in the top 15 on the leaderboard with a major championship win.
- Fifteen players have won the Masters and U.S. Open during their careers, most recently Angel Cabrera (2007 U.S. Open, 2009 Masters).
Steve Stricker, even
- Stricker (T2) is making his 18th start at the U.S. Open, with top-10 finishes in 1998 (T5), 1999 (5) and 2006 (T6). His best position entering the final round prior to this year was fourth in 2006 (finished T6)
- The 46-year-old Stricker is hoping to supplant Hale Irwin as the oldest U.S. Open winner. Irwin was 45 years and 15 days old and playing on a special exemption when he won his third U.S. Open title in 1990 (1974, 1979)
Luke Donald, +1
- The U.S. Open is the only major that Donald does not have a top 10.
- Donald would become the first Englishman to win the U.S. Open since Tony Jacklin in 1970 (Hazeltine).
Justin Rose, +1
- Rose’s best position at the U.S. Open through three rounds was third in 2007, before carding a final-round 76 to T10. His only other made cut was in 2012 (T21).